Deconstructing Masculinity & Manhood with Michael Kimmel @ Dartmouth College

This is part of what I mean by “systemic oppression”.

A lot of social oppression is invisible to us if we are lucky enough to be born the “normal” race and gender and sexuality, and it will stay invisible unless we start to look more actively at ourselves. We benefit from it, and endorse it, without ever having to actively choose to be racist or sexist or homophobic, but just by going along with what’s considered “normal”.

Refusing to acknowledge discrimination and oppression and alternative identities is how erasure works. Learning to see erasure at work, learning to see things our culture makes invisible, is really important.

Reblogged from aquatictherapyperv

What backend should I use for a website?

It is time for to exist in the world again. I am working on creative things that I want to post on a site I control, and a place to post thoughts that I can index and search later. 

The main things I need it to do: host a webcomic with good navigation, an image gallery for drawings and paintings, a place for prose stories, have a blog that works well for both images and words, host a video blog, and be able to host files I can share with others (FTP?)

The main contenders I am aware of that require the least coding/maintenance:

-Squarespace. My test drive seemed like essentially a self-hosted Tumblr, with all the UI nightmares that implies. Whatever I do there would look pretty, but not look like I want. I also didn’t find a theme that handled both text AND images well at the same time. Probably no FTP space. Maybe I just didn’t dive deep enough?

-self-hosted Wordpress. I know, I know, it’s a heap of bandaids on a kludge, but it’s got plug-ins for specific things I want to do (webcomics), and I’ve run it before. With enough time, I could probably get it to look more like I want it to. Is this just familiarity making it seem like the better option?

I want to be spending time on writing and drawing, not web coding, but am willing to do a bit here and there, as long as it’s minimal.

So: what else is out there? Do you have strong feelings about either of the above options’ suitability for my purposes?




Ladies and Gentleman, the man that will be in history books. He was throwing the burning tear gas. Not to the cops but away from the children protesting. In his American Shirt and bag of chips. Check his twitter.



Just needs to be stated again! 

Not to the cops but away from the children protesting”

Reblogged from venomwithinher

August Payday giving roundup

I gave to the following projects. Maybe you want to as well! Every little bit helps. I am not rich or anything, but I have enough to give a little to make the world a better place!

I became a monthly contributor to the ACLU, inspired by their work for LGBT rights and their help to the people of Ferguson, Mo with the ongoing police oppression there:

Became a monthly contributor to the UCSF Alliance Health Project, where I got tested the other day (negative! not that I am at much risk), to support their work with LGBTQ folks and the HIV+ community, including mental health services and free HIV testing:

My pal and former neighbor Megan Mosholder’s Art Prize installation, Mijimendan vta Ziibi (Remember the River): an interactive artwork that encourages environmental awareness and cultural compassion.:

The awesome documentary and community project my pal Alyce is working on: “We’re launching our feature documentary on Somali hiphop group Waayaha Cusub alongside a counter-violence campaign with youth in Mogadishu, Nairobi & Dadaab.”

I helped save the Icelandic Goat from extinction:

And that’s it for this month.